How one child learned to apply her tried and true study methods

Years ago I taught my very young child how to memorize something for school. I said:

Repetition is key. Write it down over and over again until you feel comfortable.

After some resistance and push back, she tried it out. Little girls, it seemed, were attracted to doodling with colorful markers.

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Sunday parenting: rinks, laundry, food and homework

To read the first chapter of my memoir click here. Comments are welcome and encouraged, don’t be shy! 🙂  3 minute read

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Sunday was basically a write-off.

While I stayed home to allow my girl to complete some homework, the boys left to play in the semi-final of their hockey tournament. Rather early, after a long day that delayed them right past 10pm the night before…(but they tied both games on Saturday, after winning two on Friday).

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Homework anxiety after school absence

I admit that I am not the most patient person in the world.

There, I said it. Now the internet knows.

Look, I get it that when a kid is sick and misses a week of school, the prospect of going back is a little overwhelming. My younger one has a bit of performance anxiety under normal circumstances, never mind after a week of absence. I get it.

But here’s the thing.

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Public education: not a rant but an invitation to chime in

Yesterday a fellow hockey mom and I met at a school hockey game and had a brief chat about our sons’ school.

Public school in this country, Canada, is a  sore topic for me to broach so at the risk of this post turning into rant, I will only say this:

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Homework and the elusive bristle board

“Do we have a bristle board, I need it for tomorrow…”

…no school-aged child ever says at 8 o’clock on a weeknight. 😛

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Homework stress and the sensory box

A mom whose blog I follow mentioned recently that she created a sensory box for a child in Girl Guides. But it turns out her own child ended up enjoying this box so much she kept it for her. When I read this, I immediately had one thought:

Make a sensory box for my own girl-child.

I thought it might address the anxiety issue in our own household. Imagine this scenario:

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Saturday #NaBloPoMo post: meanwhile in Canada…

Homework at the rink.

We are presently at the first of two rinks today. Lucky for us the hockey game was not early; we got to eat a hearty breakfast at home and take our time getting ready.

However. 🙃

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Mom, I forgot to mention…

Every single one of us has experienced the dreaded last-minute mention of some pertinent document or project or homework assignment at the most inopportune time.

Allow me to state this one important fact: if you allow them to disrupt you, they will never learn.

Let me also say: I fail miserably at this.

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